Manchester United star Harry Maguire aims dig at Leeds United after play-off final defeat

Harry Maguire smiles
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Manchester United defender Harry Maguire took a free shot at Leeds United following their 2024 Championship play-off final heartbreak on Sunday.

Leeds travelled down to Wembley Stadium hoping to replicate the joy experienced by United in the FA Cup just 24 hours prior, though they came away empty as it was Southampton that earned promotion to the Premier League. In the end, all it took was one strike from Adam Armstrong to see off Daniel Farke's side.

Neutrals with ties to other Premier League clubs were watching on with vested interest to see whether it would be Elland Road or St. Mary's Stadium their team would be travelling to next season - Maguire evidently one of them - and given his ties to two famous rivalries with the West Yorkshire club, he wasted no time to hit them whilst still freshly wounded.

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Posting to his Instagram story on Sunday afternoon, the England international showed his view of Southampton celebrations on his TV screen with the caption: "Hope everyone is having a fantastic Sunday," followed by red circle and red heart emojis.

Of course, as a Manchester United player, Maguire knows all about the Roses rivalry sparked by the North West and Yorkshire regional divide and carried on into any modern meeting between the two clubs. Also Sheffield born and bred, plus as a past Sheffield United player, the 31-year-old is no stranger to a fiery Yorkshire derby against the Whites.

Throughout his career, he has played nine matches against Leeds, winning five, drawing twice, and losing twice. So ultimately, who couldn't forgive the man for revelling in the moment?

With the win for Russell Martin's side, the full 20-club list of players who will be competing in the Premier League is now complete. They are: AFC Bournemouth, Arsenal, Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Everton, Fulham, Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers.